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Keynote is Apple's iWork application for creating effective and impressive presentations. In Keynote '09 Essential Training, presentation designer Craig Syverson teaches new and experienced Keynote users how to apply this program to its full potential. Craig demonstrates the entire creative process, from building basic slides with text and images and using the new built-in themes, to distributing the final product. Exercise files accompany the course.
You can add various types of hyperlinks to your presentation that can make it a little more interesting and allow you to make connections with other slides or other websites outside of the presentation itself. Let me show you first how a normal slideshow works. I am going to go up here and click Play. This first slide comes on. I'm now moving my mouse and you see there is really nothing happening on this screen. That's sort of a default mode, go and hit the Advance key now, and it moves to the second slide, go and hit Escape. Let's just keep that in mind, because I'm going to show you what happens when we add hyperlinks to a slide, how that behavior changes.
Let's say we want to create some arrows that people can click on, if I wanted to go through this presentation on their own. I'm going to go up to the first slide, to the Shapes toolbar, pull down a triangle, then I'm going to drag it over here, and I'll shrink it down a bit, and then I'm going to hold down the Command key while hovering over the corner, hold down the Shift key to constraint it, and make a little triangle like that. I'm going to Option+Click and Drag to duplicate it and then I'm going to Command, rotate this one the other way, Shift key to constraint it. So I've created these little arrows.
Now let me go up to the Inspector. And I'm going to click on the Hyperlink Inspector, and you can see here that I have this object selected and I can click on this checkbox to enable it to be a hyperlink. I have a number of choices of what I can do with this hyperlink. I'm going to have it linked to a slide that is the slide of this presentation, and because it's pointing backwards, I'm going to say go to the Previous slide for this particular object. I'll click on this one, enable it. I have to go to the Next slide.
So now when I press Play, first thing I'll notice is you'll see my mouse move now. That's because I have hyperlinks on the slide and because I have hyperlinks, the mouse should be visible because we want to have some sort of references to where we are going to click. If I click over this one for the next slide, you see that little hand pointer comes up, I click on it, and it indeed move to the next slide. Escape out of there. Now let's say I would like to add those triangles to the rest of the presentation. As it turns out, all these three slides here in this miniature version of the presentation, all have the same master. So I'm going to copy and paste these objects from this slide. I'll do Ctrl+Click+Copy and now I'll click on here on Slide 2 and go to its master slide, which is Title & Subtitle - Photo - Dark, and now that I'm adding that master slide I'm going to click in and Ctrl+Click and Paste, and you can see it dropped in those hyperlink objects there.
Also notice the hyperlink objects have these blue arrows associated with them, so you know that that particular object is indeed a hyperlink. So now if I go back and look at my slideshow here in the thumbnails, you'll see these symbols appeared on every one of those other objects, because they all shared the same master. So indeed if I go to the first slide and hit Play, you see the arrow. I can click on that to go forward, I can click on this one to go forward, and I can click on that one to go backward. So you have lot of flexibility as to how you can program your hyperlinks.
You will hit Escape. Now let's go to the last slide of the presentation and in here, let's say, at the last slide we would like to have a link where people could go to the Ducati superbike website directly. So what I can do is I can go down here to the dock and activate Safari and I'm going to go to the website that I want to link too. So I'll type it in here, ducati.com and I want to go directly to the superbike website. Basically, what I'm looking for is the URL for that website. So here is the superbike website.
I'm going to click-and-hold-and-drag this icon from Safari and drop it right here into Keynote itself. Now I can close out Safari. And you can see here that brought in a hyperlink for that website directly and gave it the title that the actual website assigned to that hyperlink. With this object selected, let me go up here to the Hyperlink Inspector and I want to point out a couple of things. Text behaves a little bit differently than other objects when it comes to hyperlinks. If I double-click on this piece of text, you'll see this blue rectangle surrounding it. That means at that particular piece of text is a hyperlink, and in fact you can see it checked here. Let me click off again. If I click on the text object, notice that it's not a hyperlink. So it's a small distinction, but it is important to understand that text can be a hyperlink even if the text object does not.
Now what I can do with this text selected, I see that blue rectangle. I can change the display. In other words it gave me the proper URL, I also have the ability to change what it actually looks like or what the text is saying on the screen. So I can change this to just to say something like, visit website. Now I hit Enter, and you can see that it change that display to visit website, but the actual link is going to remain the same. And like any other text object, I can reformat this text. I bring it down to 36 point and change the color to White and I'll drag it over right here.
Now if I play this particular slide, let's say, we are coming to the closing slide, the user can come down here, click on this link, it will launch Safari and take him straight to that website. Now another interesting thing that's happened right now is that because Keynote was in a presentation mode, go down at the dock here, you'll see this green arrow on Keynote. It's letting you know that Keynote is still running, but because we used a hyperlink that took us to a website, it let us go to the website. But if I click back on this Keynote icon, it will bring us right back to the presentation where we last left off.
So hyperlinks allow you to add extra degrees of functionality and outside connections to your presentation.
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